Does education really matter in Christianity? Sure it does!
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
The KJV Bible is a college level Bible. Many words in the KJV are old English words and have to be carefully determined. You must use a dictionary to understand the language of the KJV, and it can’t be a modern dictionary. Any Bible teacher will direct you to the Greek and Hebrew definitions in order to understand the context and points the writers intended.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:” Hosea 4:6
In any career there has to be a learning period. There are many “pastors” and “teachers” of the Bible that haven’t seen another book other than the KJV Bible. Many who only have a middle school education. Am I saying that they can’t understand the Bible? No, but it will be a challenge. There are Bible classes available. In most cases these pastors and legalistic Christians are to prideful to further their education because they might see they were wrong and have to change the way they preach, and loosen the yoke they have on people.
An interesting fact is, there’s many other English Bibles before the KJV. I know pastors and people who believe God wrote KJV with his own hands and made it the only Bible for us to read. Here’s a list of ENGLISH Bibles with dates written before the KJV…
*1535 AD: Myles Coverdale’s Bible; The First Complete Bible printed in the English Language (80 Books: O.T. & N.T. & Apocrypha).
*1537 AD: Tyndale-Matthews Bible; The Second Complete Bible printed in English. Done by John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers (80 Books).
*1539 AD: The “Great Bible” Printed; The First English Language Bible Authorized for Public Use (80 Books).
*1560 AD: The Geneva Bible Printed; The First English Language Bible to add Numbered Verses to Each Chapter (80 Books).
*1568 AD: The Bishops Bible Printed; The Bible of which the King James was a Revision (80 Books).
*1609 AD: The Douay Old Testament is added to the Rheims New Testament (of 1582) Making the First Complete English Catholic Bible; Translated from the Latin Vulgate (80 Books).
*1611 AD: The King James Bible Printed; Originally with All 80 Books.
There are many mistakes in the KJV, in fact all the words in italics are words that the KJV translators put there in attempt to make the sentences more accurate.
Here are some common mistakes:
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.” John 12:32 KJV
The word “men” in this verse is in italics, therefore the word “men” was added by the KJV translators in order to make the verse sound better. But there’s a problem with this. There are many people lifting the name of Jesus and all “men” are not being drawn to Him. The original text says it like this, “And I whan I am lift vp from the earth, wyl drawe all vnto me”Coverdale Bible 1535. As you can see the Coverdale Bible stated what the Greek said. “Will draw all unto me”, what will He draw unto Himself? The answer is found in the context of the previous verse. Verse 31 says, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” With that said, the more applicable translation would be, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [judgment] unto me.”
“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” 1 Corinthians 7:9 KJV
A more accurate version of this verse is the GW translation. “However, if you cannot control your desires, you should get married. It is better for you to marry than to burn with sexual desire.” Sadly, many pastors and teachers use this verse to say “it’s better to marry than burn in hell.”
“I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” 1 Corinthians 15:31
If a person was to look at the context of verse 31 it would make more sense. In verse 30 and 32, Paul makes it very clear what he was saying. In fact, Paul never taught a daily death to sins. In Romans chapter 6:9-11, Paul taught a “one time” death to sin and the old man. A more accurate version is the MSG version. Verse 31, “I look death in the face practically every day I live. Do you think I’d do this if I wasn’t convinced of your resurrection and mine as guaranteed by the resurrected Messiah Jesus?”
What’s the point?
The point is we need educated spirit filled people teaching or preaching the Scriptures. I’m not claiming to be a super-educated teacher, but I attempt to be open-minded to those who are educated and are able to teach and educate me in the Scriptures. There are many truths that many churches miss due to a pastor desiring control over the sheep. It’s a scary thought to think that a “pastor” is the cause many people are not enjoying the awesome Grace of God.